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2019 SEEDS Conference 
 Parity Violations 
MHA of AZ Mental Health at Work Training Program
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3rd Annual Mental Health Hall of Fame

On April 2, 2019 Sue Gilbertson joined the Mental Hall of Fame with Dr. Mike Franzcak and Chick Arnold! It was a beautiful evening, fabulous venue, and we surpassed our fundraising goal thanks to the generosity of those that donated. Thanks to all of you who came out to support MHA AZ and recognize Sue!


Parity Violations
If you or someone close to you has been denied coverage for behavioral health services, your rights may have been violated.    
     A parity violation can take many forms. Some policies and practices covered under the parity law are easily measured by a dollar amount or a number; for example, financial requirements such as co-payments or deductibles, and quantitative treatment limits (QTLs) such as day and visit limits. Under the federal parity law, financial requirements and QTLs cannot be more restrictive for behavioral health services than for medical services in the same class of benefits.
     Other health plan practices or policies that limit benefits are called non-quantitative treatment limitations (NQTLs) because these limitations cannot be measured by a dollar amount or number. The basic rule is that a health plan cannot impose an NQTL that is not comparable or that is applied more stringently to MH/SUD benefits than to medical/ surgical benefits.
To learn more about parity violation examples, visit https://www.parityregistry.org/parity-violation-examples/
For Arizona Parity Resources, visit https://www.parityregistry.org/states/arizona/



Mental Health Awareness Fair, May 18th 2019
hosted by Harmony Health & Wellness Center

In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, we will be hosting a Mental Health Fair. Harmony Health and Wellness along with other agencies in the community will be providing education, free screenings, resources and interactive activities. Food, games, prizes and kids activities will also be provided.. This is open to the public so all ages are welcome, and it is free!!
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and setting up a table at our event please give us a call at 623-230-2978!
Click here for more details
Recurrent Phone Call Intervention May Reduce Suicidality in Adolescents Following Hospitalization 
Additional Events & Resources:  
Civic Leadership Training: For Peers, Families and Young People

Reinventing Recovery in Arizona by Arizona Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners
April 24, 2019
10th Annual Ability360 Center Health & Wellness Fair
April 26and 27    

safeTALK with Safe Out: Keeping our LGBTQ Communities Safe

 May 3, 2019

View event details 



Building Spiritual Strength: A Tool Kit for Mental Health Professionals and Clergy/Chaplains

May 3, 2019

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Mental Health First Aid Lunch and Learn: Hosted by Harmony Health & Wellness

May 17, 2019

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Mental Health and Faith Conference

May 24, 2019

6:30pm - 9:00pm

Huntington University, 8385 West Mariners Way, Peoria
View event details



Adventure Resource Solutions
Are you living with SMI Diagnosis, or supporting someone who does?
Do you experience issues with connecting with your clinic or support team?
Do you want to be a leading example of what it takes to improve our systems?
If you are saying "  Yes  " to all of these questions please  CLICK HERE 
LEARN MORE  about the resources we have to offer.
Website:  www.ars411.org 
Main Telephone: 623-866-5733
Check out more Community Calendars in the Phoenix Area!
Arizona Trauma Institute  Trainings   
ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy  Events
Health Choice Integrated Care Community  Events
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care  Events
NAMI Arizona  Calendar
Southwest Network Events

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Chuck Goldstein, M.D., Vice Chair  
Jason Bernstein, C.P.A., Treasurer
Matthew Moody, M.C., Secretary
Kathy Bashor, M.C.
Laura Dix, M.S.
Charles Goldstein, M.D.
Laurie Goldstein
Emily Jenkins, J.D. 
Adwoa John, M.H.A.
Marcus Johnson, M.P.H
Charles Montgomery
Karen Pitico, L.C.S.W & M.P.H.
Detective Amanda Stamps
Gregory Robins
Mental Health America of Arizona